The US state of Virginia has banned digital currencies like bitcoin from all state-run buildings, citing the use of virtual currency as a way to finance criminal activity.
According to the Virginia Tech campus, the decision comes after a recent report by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office that linked virtual currencies to money laundering, terrorism financing and drug trafficking.
The university cited several reports, including one by the US Justice Department, that claimed bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies have been used to launder money for criminals, terrorists and drug cartels.
“The Commonwealth’s attorneys determined that virtual currencies pose a risk of money laundering and terrorism financing because they are not regulated by the federal government and cannot be traced to individuals,” the university said in a statement.
“We are working closely with the Department of Justice to provide guidance on how to handle the sale and use of these digital currencies in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
State lawmakers are also considering a bill that would allow for the regulation of virtual currencies.
State lawmakers also are considering legislation to allow the state’s financial regulators to take legal action against companies that allow customers to transfer their virtual currency into state-owned bank accounts.
In August, state lawmakers approved a measure that would make virtual currencies a class B financial instrument.
The bill now goes to the state legislature for a final vote.
Earlier this month, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill which would ban the use and possession of virtual-currency-like currencies by businesses, banks and other financial institutions.
It also would require that virtual currency be treated as a form of money, similar to U.S. dollars.
In the US, bitcoins are traded on an online marketplace called the Bitcoin exchange site.